Loving the lighter evenings now
although there's still time for
Louise Thomson is with us
today to start the new theme
with a useful door hanger
"Today I’ve been having a play with beautiful rice paper.
It’s so versatile, you can add it to pretty much
any alterable item to make a beautiful gift.
Start with an alterable door hanger
and give it a coat of white gesso
front and back
Next gild the edges with green gilding wax applied with a soft cloth
I chose a garden print rice paper and
selected some of my favourite parts to
start decoupaging together.
Don’t worry about having overhanging edges –
these can be tidied up once you’re happy with the arrangement.
I found little bits of foliage and flowers could be used
to soften the edges between joins.
Fix the paper down with a decoupage glue,
or alternatively use a 50/50 mix of pva and water.
Once it is really dry, sand the edges in
downward strokes to get a neat finish.
There happened to be a wodge of sandpaper
on my desk but a sanding block would be the
ideal tool for this
Blend a selection of distress inks on to
smooth finish card.
I used bundled sage and pumice stone.
From this, die cut the lettering you require.
Paint a little fresco paint on to your door hanger in patches
where you wish to add your lettering.
I used nougat which has a lovely opaque finish
but you can still see some of the print through the paint.
Once dry, glue on the lettering.
Stencil on some more distress ink to tie the whole theme together.
Here is the finished front....
..... and the back"
Thank you Louise - such a useful way
to let the family know where to find you